Early one morning last spring south of the city of Portland, Mermaid Black Fin revealed herself to me while she sat on the rocks underneath the Sellwood Bridge. She watched the fisherman in their boats in the middle of the Willamette River during the salmon run. The splash of her black fin was her introduction to me.
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Uncertain at first if I would even admit to myself I had seen a mermaid because everyone knows mermaids aren’t real. Mermaids are fanciful folklore and no one I knew had ever seen one. Still my mind and my heart could not be convinced that I hadn’t seen a mermaid. She was flesh, with a fin and a live like you and me.
Who is Black Fin? Well, before answering that question let’s look at how fashion fits in with the mermaid folklore legend?
Probably for as long as the mermaid tales have been around, (No pun intended) women around the world and throughout the ages have dressed up in glamorous gowns with the silhouette of a mermaid.
In fact, this year at Cannes Film Festival 2012 in France there were over a 100 glamorous women dressed in the mermaid gown.
The mermaid silhouette is form fitting fantastic. Flattering to the female figure with its hourglass shape and long flirty tail, world-class fashion designers add lace, tulle and ruffles to celebrate the fashion folklore of the mermaid. Fancy folklore or real no matter, the mermaid dress is a legend.
So, I decided not to doubt Black Fin. I began my research on the topic by asking others in the area if they had ever heard of or had ever seen a mermaid named Black Fin under the Sellwood Bridge.
Northwest fisherman Danny Doak said, “Yea, I caught of glimpse of her myself while trolling for fish once when I was much younger.”
Then I received a note on Facebook from a man who is a friend of a friend of mine. He lives in Brussels and his name is Rik Bertrand.
Bertrand said, “When I was a younger I use to stay the summer with my friend Ward and his family on a houseboat down by Oaks Park near the Sellwood Bridge. We have some stories about what we have seen in the Willamette, the mermaid Black Fin is one of them. Black Fin is real I know that for certain.”
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